Sunday, August 31, 2008

Kashmir amarnath yatra: Vote politics, terror, communalism

Somebody said referring Jammu & Kashmir “Agar zameen pe jannat hai, to wo yahin hai, yahin hai, yahin hai ” (If there is heaven on earth, it is on this land, it is here, it is right here) but for the past 2 months this heaven was a blast furnace with emotions boiling high. The entire state machinery was on the threshold of breakdown.

The Amarnath Yatra is organised every year by the J &K Govt. during the month of sharavan (July and August); one has to trek a height of about 14,500 ft to reach Baba Amarnath Holy cave -

At last the big fight over the amarnath land has shown some signs of cooling down. But what was this for. Who lost who won? Politicians and militants sitting in Kashmir, Delhi and Islamabad won but the poor and the common man lost their peace and livelihood. The thin trust between the two regions of the state Jammu and Kashmir was broken. However we try to mend it the crack will remain. An irreparable loss but nobody cares.

For years Pakistan based terrorists are targeting the pilgrims. The pilgrims had to face bombs, bullets, snow, and hard climate to reach the holy cave. Many got moksha (salvation) before they reached the cave thanks to our dear mercenaries (or fighters as few people would like to say). Still we are saying that India is a secular country where the majority can’t follow their religion (that doesn't mean that minority community can practice their belief with out any problem in other parts of country).

J&K govt gave Shri Amarnath Shrine Board (SASB) 40 acres of land of providing basic amenities to the pilgrims and hell loose out in Kashmir valley. All the opportunistic, separatist, “secular” the so called common mans leaders sensed an opportunity to play the dangerous game of politics. The militants and other hard lines poured oil into the bonfire and it was a hell with strikes, marches, violent protests. At last the govt had to rollback its order. This move transferred the action from Kashmir to Jammu with Shri Amarnath Sangharsh Samiti (SASS) spearheading the agitation against the reversal. The economic blockade of Kashmir valley followed and this led to more protests in Kashmir. The once dead “Azad Kashmir” demand resurfaced. Separatists were even successful in conducting a march to the neighboring country. For them the grass is green there!!! But it’s the strength of the Indian democracy which saved them. They want freedom from democracy and want dictatorship. What an irony.

Kashmiri leaders made others believe that Indian govt is trying to make them minority in their land and they should protect themselves from this invasion. But from whom? (Even if this was the plan) from the fellow Indians? Indian constitution gave the rights to each and every Indian to settle down in any part of the country. When any Kashmiri (I shouldn’t use this word, well resident of Kashmir would be a better usage) can go and buy land in any other part of the country why not the same in Kashmir. It’s the foul, cruel politics played by the politicians across the border for the past 60 years and for which the entire world is paying. Yes the entire world is paying for it. Almost all the major terror organizations in the planet originated from Pak or have some connection to it. What was this for? For containing India and solving the mother of all the problems on this planet by hooks or crook

The compromise formula was arrived with the SASB getting rights to lands for the three months of pilgrimage. But the solution and peace is very fragile and can break very easily.

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